As I sit here, Rhayn is most certainly playing hard and enjoying the other kids at her school. I am struggling with trying to get through the day.
Yesterday was more of a "Meet and Greet" type day. She didn't have to be there until 10, and they encouraged parents to stay. So I did, and about 11 Will also joined us to watch Rhayn and meet the teacher, taking some time off from his job at the Army.
I, being the bad parent, had neglected to pack her a lunch (yes, they even mentioned that it was important in the welcome letter we received!) They had a snack at around 11, which was a delicious blueberry cake (looked like a cobbler to me) and Rhayn loves blueberries so that was a major treat to her!
After some time, the teacher had them all put on their "outside shoes" and they played in the yard. Its more of a nicely landscaped yard, then a playground. Everything about this school has a homey feel to it.
We stood outside and watched her run run run. She dug holes and had a brilliant time! The school asks that you supply a wide brimmed hat for the outside play, and because they take a walk in the morning before they play inside. Yes, her school is all about play and order. The day is a fairly rigorous schedule of playtimes, indoor and out. They also have a story time and snack time, and do some artwork. I know she will absolutely love it, I know, because I love it.
At noon, the teacher had everyone get their lunches and eat. Luckily, they do have some pita bread, crackers and peanut butter and Rhayn wasn't the only one without a lunch (because of her bad mommy!) She was able to eat with the other kids, and loved sitting at the picnic table outside to do it. Then we left and went out to eat curry (well Rhayn only had a mango lasi.)
This morning we all woke around 6, because Will has to be at work on government time, which is 7 to 3, instead of normal 9-5. We are waking up early as a family. I meant for Rhayn to get up at 7, because she needs sleep with all the playing she will be doing, but she had other ideas. She woke at 6:15. Gwennie slept until about 6:40. It was an early morning, and I am totally glad that Rhayn's school doesn't start until 8:30. Most of the public schools around here start at 7:45. Its way to early for me, and for most kids! Rhayn is an early morning girl, so she would be good I think.
Today is hard. I am tired from my early morning, and thinking of how much fun Rhayn is having at school, without me. This morning when I dropped her off, they encourage parents to stay for a little while (for an opening circle and song they do) I stayed. As soon as she saw the playground, she was off. Zoom Zoom Zoom, to play, I had to say "Rhayn! I want a hug." She was so ready to go and totally forgot all about her mama, who was standing there wanting to cry.